Missouri Botanical Garden Open Conference Systems, TDWG 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Demonstrating the Prototype of the Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management System
Viktor Senderov, Teodor Georgiev, Lyubomir Penev

Building: CTEC
Room: Auditorium
Date: 2016-12-07 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Last modified: 2016-10-16


The Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management System (OBKMS) is a suite of semantic applications and services running on top of a graph database storing biodiversity and biodiversity-related information, known as a biodiversity knowledge graph (http://rio.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=8767). A biodiversity knowledge graph is a data structure of interconnected nodes (e.g., specimens, taxa, sequences), compatible with the use of standards for Linked Open Data, and able to be merged with other similar management systems to ultimately form a grand Biodiversity Knowledge Graph of all biodiversity and biodiversity-related information.

The main purpose of OBKMS is to provide a unified system for interlinking and integrating diverse biodiversity data e.g., taxon names, taxon concepts, taxonomic treatments, specimens, occurrences, gene sequences, bibliographic information. The graph, at this stage, is serialized as Resource Description Framework (RDF) quadruples, extracted primarily from biodiversity publications, but database interlinks will follow. Options for expressing Darwin Core encoded data as RDF for insertion in the graph are explored.

You are encouraged to listen to the talk in Symposium S01, “The Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management System: A Semantic Suite Running on top of the Biodiversity Knowledge Graph,” to get a grasp of the theoretical underpinnings of OBKMS.

In this computer demo we would like to demonstrate the prototype of OBKMS that we already have running at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. We will mostly do SPARQL (SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language) queries and showcase some insights learned from the data (sources: Pensoft, Plazi).

We also want to be very interactive and gather the user's perspectives of what OBKMS should become after its prototype stage. In particular, after the database stage we want to explore different services and applications that OBKMS could offer.